Food News for March 1-8

This week: The third annual Women in Wine dinner.

News Seattleites do coffee right—who knew? Local favorites Zoka Coffee Roaster and Tea Company, www.zokacoffee.com, and Victrola Coffee Roasters, www.victrolacoffee.com, are among the top 12 best boutique roasters nationwide, as rated by Food and Wine magazine. Check out the list at www.foodandwine.com/tastetest. Food and/or beverage news? E-mail food@seattleweekly.com Advance registration or reservations are recommended for most of the following events. Prices exclusive of tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted. Openings Fine dining can can mingle with live entertainment, and will will, as Can Can debuts an Italian- and Mediterranean-influenced menu during its grand opening celebration March 11 and 12. The restaurant's resident musicians and dance troupe will perform, leading up to renowned mezzo-soprano Angelina Réaux. Can Can resembles an early-20th-century Parisian nightspot and plans to showcase singers, magicians, dancers, musicians, and other entertainers while maintaining a focus on high-quality food and drinks. Regular hours begin March 14. $30 (food/drinks extra). 7 p.m. 94 Pike St., 206-652-0832, www.thecancan.com (site available March 6). PIKE PLACE MARKET FenomenA Wine Bar tailors wines and food to suit the geographic region of artists featured in its art gallery (currently featuring Russian graphics and Israeli artists). The wine bar is also serving Eastern-European hors d'oeuvres and desserts, and offers live music on Saturdays and happy hour on Thursdays. Noon–5 p.m. Wed. and Sun.; noon–1 a.m. Thurs.–Sat. 200 Roy St., Suite #104, 206-213-0080, www.fenomena.us. QUEEN ANNE On the Plate Saturday, March 4 Bid on glass art, vacations, desserts, and other unique items during the Prosthetics Outreach Foundation Annual Dinner and Auction. $100. 5:30 p.m. Seattle Hilton, 1301 Sixth Ave., 206-726-1636, www.pofsea.org. DOWNTOWN Saturday, March 4 Don't you love getting presents on someone else's birthday? Union Bay Cafe ushers in its 20th anniversary with complimentary glasses of sparkling wine and a "special nibble," a door prize of a $100 gift certificate, and a gift for all who come. A $35, four-course dinner with four matching wines will be served in addition to the regular menu. 3515 N.E. 45th St., 206-527-8364, www.unionbaycafe.com. LAURELHURST Monday, March 6 Girls' night out! Five female winemakers (Holly Turner, Three Rivers Winery; Poppy Mantone, Syncline Wine Cellars; Katy Perry, Tildio Winery; Carolyn Lakewold, Donedei Winery; and Joy Anderson, Snoqualmie Winery) will mix and mingle at the third annual Women in Wine dinner at the Georgian—answering questions, perhaps, like: "What do female vintners bring to the mostly male-dominated scene?" The five-course dinner includes smoked salmon, seared scallop truffles, and roasted veal medallions. Proceeds benefit the local Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation affiliate. $150. 6 p.m. Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., 206-287-4059. DOWNTOWN Wednesday, March 8 Twenty-two top chefs (William Anderson of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse; Bruce Ross of Columbia Tower Club; J.J. Johnson of Whole Foods . . . ) unite for the eighth annual Flavors of Seattle, an evening of epicurean excellence to benefit the American Liver Foundation. The gala features an opening cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres samples from all the chefs, and a silent and live auction. $250. Grand Hyatt Hotel, 721 Pine St., 206-443-3805. DOWNTOWN Thursdays through Sundays, until April 30 How can a three-hour night of comedy, cirque, and cabaret be improved? With a new five-course feast by chef Tom Douglas. Teatro ZinZanni's spring menu features a zakuska platter with eggplant caviar and marinated button mushrooms, cream of asparagus soup swirled with saffron cream, petrale sole stuffed with shrimp, and a French apple tart. $99–$109. 2301 Sixth Ave., 206-802-0015, www.zinzanni.org. DOWNTOWN The Grapevine Saturday, March 4 Tacoma's Old Town Business District is sponsoring a celebration of the finer things in life: wine and jazz. The festival showcases 40 wines from Washington distributors and contemporary jazz artists such as Greta Matassa, Kareem Kandi, Deems Tsutakawa, and Hat Trick. Proceeds will support the creation of a permanent outdoor performance stage in Old Town Park. $25. 1–10 p.m. Historic Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Tacoma, www.oldtowntacoma.org/jazz. TACOMA Sundays, March 5 and 12 Sommelier Arnie Millan will demystify Bordeaux in a series of two classes exploring this region's history, geography, and (most importantly) wines. Participants will taste at least five wines per class. $49 per class/$95 for both. 4–6 p.m. Warwick Hotel, 401 Lenora St., 206-612-6547. DOWNTOWN Monday, March 6 Noted wine columnist Richard Kinssies will hold a "fireside chat" in the Hotel Vintage Park's lobby to taste and talk about Washington wines, which will be paired with an assortment of local cheeses. This is part of the hotel's celebration of Taste Washington Wine Month. Each night in March, a different state winery will host wine hour in the lobby. $15/free for hotel guests. 5–6 p.m. 1100 Fifth Ave., 206-624-8000, www.hotelvintagepark.com. DOWNTOWN Tuesday, March 7 Taste wines from almost a dozen top state wineries, such as Andrake Cellars, Basel Cellars, McCrea Cellars, and Woodward Canyon Winery, in the Pampas Room at El Gaucho. A representative from each winery will attend. El Gaucho, Waterfront Seafood Grill, and Troiani will provide appetizers. $60. 5:30–7:30 p.m. 2505 First Ave., 206-728-1337. DOWNTOWN Wednesday, March 8 Learn the simple art of roasting—the easiest and best way to concentrate and seal in succulence—as you prepare spicy marinated shrimp, chicken, beef fillet, new potatoes with garlic and rosemary, fall vegetables, and brown-sugar glazed potatoes with vanilla ice cream. Bring knives and an apron. $45. 6–9 p.m. Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway, room BE2119, 206-587-5424. CAPITOL HILL Back to School

Friday, March 3 Yes, a box of spaghetti costs only $1 at your local grocery—but chef Katie Colman promises that fresh pasta tastes incredibly better and is quick to crank out. She'll show how to make fettuccine, ravioli,and farfalle with a variety of doughs. $70. 6–9 p.m. Eastside Culinary Communion House, Snoqualmie, 206-284-8687, www.culinarycommunion.com. EASTSIDE Saturday, March 4 George De Pasquale of the Essential Baking Company teaches how to make, toss, and top pizza dough by drawing on his travels in Italy, where he researched authentic baking methods and techniques. $55. 11 a.m. Cook's World, 2900 N.E. Blakeley St., 206-528-8192, www.cooksworld.net. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT Saturday, March 4 Go gourmet from the ground up: learn to design, plant, and use a cook's garden with a variety of edibles including veggies, fruits, berries, and more. Free. Noon. Windmill Gardens, 5823 160th Ave. E., Sumner, 253-863-5843, www.windmillgarden.com. SUMNER Tuesday, March 7 My, you've aged well! Oliver's Lounge and the Museum of the American Cocktail celebrate the cocktail's 200th birthday with a historical seminar exploring its origins and evolution. Participants will sample several cocktails that illustrate "all that the cocktail has to offer." $45. 6:30–8 p.m. 405 Olive Way, museumoftheamericancocktail.org/seminars. DOWNTOWN

 
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